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TBI is a research institution supporting scientific projects in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.

Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Turkana Basin Institute of Stony Brook University has begun filling a series of Postdoctoral Fellowships to support research on the paleontology, geology and archeology of Eastern Africa. Fellows are expected to develop a plan that involves several months each year of fieldwork in East Africa combined with a program of laboratory research and teaching at Stony Brook or another appropriate institution. Each application should include a detailed plan of activity together with letters of support from anticipated supervisors of both academic and fieldwork. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand at the time the fellowship is awarded. Special consideration will be given to recent graduates who are residents of Kenya and/or come from the Turkana Basin region.

Fellowships will be awarded for two years, renewable for a third year, pending suitable progress. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $35,000 per year plus a modest annual budget for research. Applications will be accepted and reviewed mid-spring semester. Postdoctoral fellows will be appointed the following fall.

For further details and to submit applications, contact:

Assistant to the Director
Turkana Basin Institute
Stony Brook University
N507 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364
Email: TBI_Assistant@notes.cc.sunysb.edu 
Tel:  (631) 632-5800

Graduate Fellowships

Stony Brook University, in conjunction with Richard, Meave, and Louise Leakey, has formed the Turkana Basin Institute with the goal of encouraging research in paleontology, archeology and geology in the greater Turkana Basin of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. As part of this initiative, we are offering graduate student fellowships with the aim of conducting their dissertation research in the Turkana Basin.

Each fellowship will be in the form of a supplement of up to $15,000 a year for five years added to whatever funding the student is scheduled to receive by the department or program that has accepted them, or from any other sources. Student stipends can be augmented by a TBI fellowship up to a maximum combined stipend of $30,000 per year. Applicants and awardees are, and will be, encouraged to apply for other sources of funding. For students who obtain funding beyond that level, the TBI fellowship may be modified to provide support for research activities.

A graduate program can nominate a maximum of two candidates. This fellowship is not designed to replace departmental contributions to graduate student stipends, or to enable departments to admit students that they would otherwise not consider. It is a supplement designed to make graduate school at Stony Brook more attractive and affordable for the best students who are interested in this area of research.

We require that each department be flexible in releasing their student from work obligations for two semesters so that they can go to TBI in Kenya to be a TA for our field school. This will most likely occur within the first three years. TBI will pay for their economy international airfare as well as living expenses while at TBI. In addition to giving the students TA experience, it will also provide exposure to research opportunities in the field.

The deadline for applications is March 1st. Each nomination should include a letter from the Program Director or the Director of Graduate Admissions stating that the student has been admitted to Stony Brook with full program funding, a letter from a Stony Brook faculty member stating that they are willing to advise the student on dissertation research involving the Turkana Basin, and a letter from the applicant (maximum one page) stating their intention of pursuing research in the Turkana Basin during their graduate career at Stony Brook.

Applications and any questions should be addressed to:

Assistant to the Director
Turkana Basin Institute

Stony Brook University
N507 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364
Email: TBI_Assistant@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Tel:  (631) 632-5800